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FULL SYNOPSIS

The "heartland" of the title is rural Wyoming in the early 20th century, where dwells taciturn, reclusive Scottish farmer Rip Torn. Conchata Ferrell arrives at the Torn spread to work as his housekeeper. Paid near-starvation wages, Ferrell continues working day and night, hoping to use her savings to ensure a bright future for her 10-year-old daughter Megan Folsom. Touched by her diligence, Torn slowly falls in love with Ferrell, and after seeing the woman and her child through the torturous Wyoming winter, he marries her - but their union gets off to a shaky start and threatens to buckle, thanks to several unforeseen casualties. Megan Folsom is based on several autobiographical works by Elinore Randall Stewart. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Sundance Film Festival Richard Pearce First Prize 1981 Winner

Cast

Conchata Ferrell
as Elinore Randall Stewart
Rip Torn
as Clyde Stewart
Lilia Skala
as Grandma Landauer
Barry Primus
as Jack
Megan Folsom
as Jerrine
Amy Wright
as Clara Jane
Marvin Berg
as Justice of the Peace
Jeff Boschee
as Land Office Agent
Jerry Hardin
as Cattle buyer
Bob Sirucek
as Dan Byrd
Marvin Berg
as Justice of the Peace
Jerry Hardin
as Cattle buyer
Jeff Boschee
as Land Office Agent

Crew

Richard Pearce
Director
Michael Hausman
Producer
Beth Ferris
Producer
Beth Ferris
Screenwriter
Fred Murphy
Cinematographer
Bill Yahraus
Editor
Patrizia Von Brandenstein
Production Designer
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